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IPL 2024: Have to improve our powerplay batting and death bowling, says DC skipper Pant

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Mumbai, April 7 (IANS) Delhi Capitals skipper Rishabh Pant said his team did not score enough runs in the powerplay and instead of playing the blame game, he would rather have his players improve for their next match.

Delhi Capitals allowed Mumbai Indians to hammer 234/5 in 20 overs with Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan providing them a super start and Romario Shepherd giving the finishing touch with a 10-ball unbeaten 39 which included a 32-run final over.

Blazing fifties by Prithvi Shaw (66 from 40 balls) and Tristan Stubbs (71 off 25) went in vain as Mumbai Indians rode on a Gerald Coetzee’s four-fer to hand Delhi Capitals a 29-run defeat.

Mumbai Indians managed to score 75 for no loss in the Power-play as compared to the 46/1 that DC managed in their first six overs. Though they tried to make up for that by blasting 98/2 in the overs between 7-15 as compared to 63/4 by Mumbai Indians, it was not enough as the five-time winners again outscored them 96/1 to 61/5 in the death overs.

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“I feel we didn’t have enough runs in the Power-play. Yes, tried to change it afterwards but when pressure mounts on you with the asking rate crossing 15-16, it’s very difficult,” said Pant during the post-match presentation on Sunday.

Pant said he will look for his team to improve their batting in Power-play in subsequent matches and bowling in death overs.

“One over here and there can change the momentum, either we can look to play the blame game or look to improve on that. The wicket was good to bat on, slower ones were sticking on the wicket. Will look to improve power play [batting] and death bowling,” he added.

Delhi Capitals will now travel to Lucknow for their next clash against Lucknow Super Giants at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium on April 12.

–IANS

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Indian compound women's team secures hat-trick of gold medals at Archery World Cup

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Antalya, June 22 (IANS) Top-ranked Indian compound women’s team clinched the gold medal at the Archery World Cup Stage-3 on Saturday. The formidable trio of Jyothi Surekha Vennam, Aditi Swami, and Parneet Kaur emerged victorious against sixth-ranked Estonia in a tightly contested final, triumphing 232-229

Indian Compound Women’s Team secures historic hat-trick gold at Archery World Cup

Antalya, June 22 (IANS) Top-ranked Indian compound women’s team clinched the gold medal at the Archery World Cup Stage-3 on Saturday. The formidable trio of Jyothi Surekha Vennam, Aditi Swami, and Parneet Kaur emerged victorious against sixth-ranked Estonia in a tightly contested final, triumphing 232-229.

This victory marks a historic hat-trick of gold medals for the Indian team in the 2024 Archery World Cup series, having previously secured top honours in the stages held in Shanghai and Yecheon earlier this year.

At Stage 3 in Antalya, the Indian women’s team began their campaign with a first-round bye in a field of just 10 countries. They then showcased their skill and determination by defeating El Salvador 235-227 and the host nation, Turkey, 234-227, to secure their place in the final. Against Estonia, the Indian archers maintained their composure and accuracy, sealing their third consecutive gold medal.

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In contrast, the top-ranked Indian men’s compound team, comprising Priyansh, Abhishek Verma, and Prathamesh Fuge, faced a more challenging journey. They narrowly missed out on a place in the final after a dramatic semifinal shoot-off against Turkey. Both teams were tied at 236, but Turkey edged out India by shooting closer to the center in the shoot-off (30*-30).

Despite the setback, the Indian men’s team put up a valiant fight in the bronze medal match against France. In a closely fought contest, India fell short by a single point, losing 236-235, and finishing fourth in the tournament.

–IANS

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Sumit Nagal confirms Paris Olympics qualification

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New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) India’s top-ranked Tennis player Sumit Nagal has officially confirmed his participation in the 2024 Paris Olympics.

“Extremely glad to share that I have officially qualified for the 2024 Paris Olympics. This is a monumental moment for me as the Olympics holds a special place in my heart! One of my career highlights so far was participating in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. And a big thanks to TOPS and SAI for extending help in the last few months,” read the statement by Sumit Nagal on X (formerly known as Twitter)

This will be Sumit’s second appearance at the Olympics after he previously became the first Indian man since Leander Paes to win a singles match at the Tokyo Olympics. Nagal defeated Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin in the first round.but went on to lose against ROC’s Daniil Medvedev in the second round.

Nagal’s meteoric rise over the past year has seen the 26-year-old’s ATP ranking jump up to 71, which is the joint-fourth highest ranking achieved by an Indian men’s player since the introduction of the computerized system of rankings in 1973.

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His recent impressive performances were the reason behind the massive jump in rankings.

After making his French Open debut at the Roland Garros in which he was eliminated in the first round at the hands of Karen Khachnov, Nagal went on to win the Heilbronn Challenger in Germany before just missing out on a consecutive title win at Perugia challenger in Italy as he lost to Luciano Darderi ( 6-1, 6-2) in the finals of the tournament.

It is important to note all three tournaments were played on clay courts in Sumit’s attempt to prepare for the upcoming Olympics which will also be played at Roland-Garros, the mecca of clay courts.

Before the Olympics, India’s highest-ranked star will be fully focussing on the Wimbledon that is scheduled to begin on July 1 where he will be entering the tournament as a part of the main draw for the very first time.

–IANS

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Chaitanya Bishnoi, Aaron Jones, Sunny Patel set for MLC 2024

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Dallas, June 22 (IANS) USA’s vice-captain Aaron Jones, Sunny Patel and Chaitanya Bishnoi are set to feature in the upcoming second Major League Cricket (MLC) 2024, which begins on July 5.

Following the mammoth interest in the T20 World Cup and America’s success, three MLC teams—Los Angeles Knight Riders, MI New York, and Seattle Orcas had a roster place available, providing the opportunity for undrafted domestic players to secure a place on a team roster in the upcoming tournament.

The draft order was randomly determined on June 18, and teams were given 48 hours to strategize and finalize any internal discussions before the supplementary draft occurred.

LA Knight Riders – Chaitanya Bishnoi

A top-order batsman and spin bowler, the 29-year-old played for the Chennai Super Kings championship side in 2018 before moving to the United States to pursue his cricket in early 2023. He was a part of the San Francisco Unicorns squad in the 2023 inaugural season of Major League Cricket, featuring in all five matches for the Bay Area side. He was also a key member of the Dallas Xforia Giants during the 2023 edition of Minor League Cricket.

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Seattle Orcas – Aaron Jones

Jones returns to a familiar dressing room, having played for the Orcas in last year’s inaugural Major League Cricket season. The top-order batsman has been a cornerstone of Team USA’s success during the 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. Jones has made headlines throughout Team USA’s historic World Cup campaign and was part of the USA’s momentous defeat over Pakistan in Texas. Orcas fans will be hoping for similar performances throughout MLC.

MI New York – Sunny Patel

A right-handed middle order batsman and leg spin bowler, Sunny Patel left his mark on the 2023 Minor League Cricket season. His contributions with both bat and ball played a crucial role in the New Jersey Somerset Cavaliers advancing to the Championship match, where they lost to the Dallas Mustangs. Patel also provides some variety to the domestic player brigade of MI New York, being the only domestic leg-spinner on their roster heading into the 2024 season,

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MLC tournament director Justin Geale said, “Major League Cricket plays a critical role in developing domestic players and providing a pathway to play cricket at the highest level amongst some of the best players in the world.

“We are thrilled to welcome Chaitanya, Aaron, and Sunny to the 2024 MLC season, adding three more talented domestic players to our league.”

The second season of MLC commences July 5, with reigning champions MI New York taking on Seattle Orcas at Morrisville, NC, followed by Texas Super Kings vs LA Knight Riders at Grand Prairie Stadium, TX.

–IANS

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T20 World Cup: Thrilling three-way fight for semi-final spots in Group 2

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New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) As the T20 World Cup 2024 Super Eight stage draws to a close, Group 2 is poised on a knife-edge with two games remaining. The semi-final race has boiled down to a tense three-way tussle among England, West Indies, and South Africa, while the USA, though still in the mix, face an uphill battle needing colossal victories to stay in contention.

Here’s how the scenarios unfold based on the upcoming clashes: England vs USA and West Indies vs South Africa.

If England and West Indies Win:

An England and West Indies victory will see all three teams – England, West Indies, and South Africa – tied on four points each. Given West Indies’ recent dominant performance against USA, they are in a favorable position to secure a semi-final spot due to their superior net run rate (NRR). If West Indies triumph over South Africa, they will qualify regardless of the England-USA outcome.

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England’s qualification, however, hinges on NRR. To surpass South Africa’s NRR, the aggregate margin of their win and South Africa’s loss must be at least 10 runs, based on a first-innings total of 160. For instance, if England wins by 10 runs, they will advance even if South Africa falls in a Super Over. Should the winning margin be less than 10 runs, South Africa will edge ahead on NRR and secure the second semi-final spot.

If USA and South Africa Win:

South Africa will comfortably top the table with six points, leaving England, West Indies, and USA stranded at two points each. In this scenario, England’s chances depend on minimising their losing margin. If England falls in a Super Over after chasing 160, West Indies will need to lose by at least 43 runs to fall below England on NRR. A larger margin of defeat for England give West Indies more room to maneuver, likely resulting in South Africa and West Indies claiming the semi-final berths. USA, burdened by a poor NRR, require herculean efforts: they must defeat England by at least 56 runs and hope West Indies succumb by 91 runs or more to keep their faint hopes alive.

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If USA and West Indies Win:

A victory for USA and West Indies would mean South Africa and West Indies advance with four points each, leaving England and USA at two points apiece, effectively ending their semi-final ambitions.

If England and South Africa Win:

This straightforward scenario sees South Africa topping the group with six points and England clinching the second semi-final spot with four points, eliminating the West Indies and USA.

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Phillips, Mustafizur & Shadab to headline LPL 2024

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New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) The fifth edition of the much-awaited Lanka Premier League (LPL) will begin on July 1 with a host of international and Sri Lankan stars in action across three weeks of pulsating T20 action at three iconic venues.

Some of the marquee international names from the five LPL franchises include Kiwi all-rounders Glenn Phillips and Mark Chapman, Bangladesh pacers Mustafizur Rahman and Taskin Ahmed, Pakistan stars Shadab Khan and Agha Salman, West Indies veterans Andre Fletcher and Fabian Allen as well as the famed Afghanistan spinners Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb Ur Rehman and Noor Ahmad, and the South African duo of Rilee Rossouw and Reeza Hendricks.

The Sri Lankan presence in LPL 2024 is equally star-studded, with the likes of Wanindu Hasaranga, Angelo Mathews, Isuru Udana, Maheesh Theekshana and Kusal Mendis among a host of other national team heavyweights.

“The Lanka Premier League continues to highlight the exceptional talent of our cricket players, providing fans with yet another opportunity to see their favorite stars in action. As we embark on this significant fifth season, I extend my best wishes to all the participants, stakeholders, and our cherished fans,” said Samantha Dodewala, tournament director.

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The league stage will run from July 1 to 16, with the five teams – Colombo Strikers, Dambulla Sixers, Galle Marvels, Jaffna Kings and Kandy — taking on each other twice during this period at the three iconic venues – the R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo, the Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium in Dambulla and the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele, Kandy.

The playoffs, to be played at the R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo, will begin on July 18, with the final scheduled on July 21.

–IANS

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